Professional Presence and Influence

ProfessionalPresence and Influence

ProfessionalPresence and Influence

Professionalpresence is one of the key factors that demonstrates the strength,worth, or abilities of a person in an organization. Professionalpresence refers to a collection of qualities (such as positive bodylanguage, authenticity, vocal management, confidence, and empathy)that determines how other people perceive in or about an individual(National Center for Cultural Competence, 2014). This paper willaddress the key areas of focus, including professional presence,mindfulness practice, and healing environments.

A.Professional presence

1.Differences between physical body and the body-mind-spirit health andhealing models

Thetwo healing models (physical body and the body-mind-spirit) are notalternative, but rather complementary frameworks. The physical bodymodel focuses only on the well-being of the physical body. Thisimplies that proponents of this model attribute illnesses tomalfunctioning of the physical parts of the body. Thebody-mind-spirit, on the other hand, holds that the well-being of aperson encompasses all parts (including mental, spirit, physical, andemotional needs) that form a human being (NCCC, 2014). This meansthat the process of healing should aim at creating some balance inone’s life by nurturing the whole person.

2.Differences between physical-body model and my professional presence

Thephysical-body health model, which is consistent with the biomedicalhealth approach, differs from my professional presence in two majorways. My current belief is that health care should take awhole-person caring approach as opposed to the physical-body modelthat holds that health care should only focus on the functioning ofthe physical body parts. Secondly, proponents of the physical-modelhas a negative attitude towards alternative healing modalities otherthan biomedical, while I have a positive attitude towards thataddress the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs of anindividual. Based on these differences, my health maintenance andhealth promotion actions focus on the well-being of a whole person asopposed to focusing solely on the physical part of a human being.

3.Influence of my professional presence on the nursing practice

Myprofessional presence influences my nursing practice in two majorways. First, professional presence helps me manage multiple demandsraised by clients. My being mindful of their concerns helps mecommunicate effectively and focus on quality instead of the quantityof time I spend with the clients. Secondly, establish trust and warmrelationship with the clients is one of the qualities of myprofessional presence. This kind of the therapeutic relationship iscritical to comprehending the concerns and the needs of clients. Inessence, the qualities of my professional presence allow me to viewmy clients as whole-persons and address their specific needs.

B.Personality preferences

2.a. How preferences align with my relationships, favorite activities,and career choices

Thetest identified that an artisan is always charming with friends,family, and co-workers. This is in line with my style ofrelationships because I believe in warm relationship, not only withmy fellow members of staff, friends, and family members, but alsowith my clients. A warm relationship, which is characterized byempathy, makes it easy to identify the problems affecting otherpeople and be part of what makes them happy. However, the preferenceof using tools as identified by the tests fails to align with myfavorite activities. Personally, I like working with people talkingwith them to understand their concerns and addressing their problemswith limited use of instruments or tools. This means I only use toolsand instruments when conditions demand. The test also identified thatartisans prefer total freedom and the right to do all that they wishwithout considering the rules. This is inconsistent with careerchoice since, as a nurse, I have rules to follow and theadministrative staff to instruct me from time to time.

2.b. Potential challenges that could be minimized throughself-awareness

Thedesire to do everything that one wishes without regarding the rules,as identified by the test, is a barrier to communication because itreduces one’s capacity to consider the viewpoints or perceptions ofothers. Being aware of such a weakness creates an opportunity for theartisan to acknowledge the fact that people have differentperceptions that should be respected during communication. Inaddition, failure to consider rules is a barrier to the process ofdecision making. This is because all decisions should be guided bysome rules in order to ensure that the outcome of such decisions isacceptable.

C.Mindfulness practice

1.a. Goals of the four aspects of the whole person


Iwill be able to practice yoga at least twice a day without the needof an instructor.

Bythe end of four weeks I will be able to instruct others in yoga inorder to enhance their physical exertion.

Vital/ rhythmic

Iwill be able to meditate for at least 3 minutes every day for fortydays.

Inthe long-run, I will be able to meditate for three minutes in 120days.

Mental/ emotional body

Iwill be able to get in touch with my inner self, receive informprocess it, and let it go.

Iwill apply the journaling strategy to monitor and change my emotionalbeing.

Biographical/ spiritual body

Iwill identify all places, activities, rituals, and relationships thatfeed my soul.

Iwill identify my passion out of a range of things that feeds my soul.

b.How to achieve the goals mentioned in part a. above


Topractice yoga twice a day, I will make a timetable and allocate theexercise at least a 10 minute session in the morning and in theevening. After adjusting to the new system of physical exercise, Iwill invite my colleagues and start training them to practice yoga.Yoga will address my physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.

Vital/ rhythmic

Tomeditate for 3 minutes for 40 days, I will start by meditating forone minute and adjust slowly to the 3 minute mark. I will accomplishthis by sitting quietly and trying to focus on my natural breathing.After accomplishing this short-term goal I will focus on a long-termgoal of meditating for 3 minutes for 120 days. I will accomplish thisby allowing thoughts to come into my mind and letting them go makingany judgment and then return to my focus on the mantra. Althoughthese rhythmic goals seem to address the psychological aspects ofhealth, they will contribute towards the success of other goals inensuring that the wellbeing of a whole-person is catered for.

Mental/ emotional body

Iwill get in touch with my inner self by turning my attention tofeelings of sadness, anger, or any other emotion that bothers me. Iwill then pinpoint the area giving rise to each emotion and rest myattention on the pinpointed area with a gentle and light way. I willachieve the goal of applying the journaling approach by recordingeverything about myself on a daily basis and using the journal as thebasis of making adjusting towards the whole-person healing model.

Biographical/ spiritual body

Iwill identify things that feed my soul by recording and reviewing myfeelings after performing different activities, such as driving,swimming, or doing some voluntary work. Out of all these activities,I will be able to identify one that maximizes my spiritualwell-being. In essence, the achievement of all these sets of goalswill result in a balanced approach to health and healing.

D.Healing environment

1.Optimal healing environments

Effectivehealing environments have two parts, namely the space and respect(Kashman, 2013). Respect is supported under the concept ofcultivating the healing relationships, while space is based on theconcept of building a healthy space. All type of environment has somecommon elements. The common elements in the internal environmentinclude the energy, body and mind. In external environment theyinclude color and light, music and sound, and energy efficientnature. In the behavioral environment they include exercise,relaxation, and cultural sensitivity. In the interpersonalenvironment they include communication, empathy, and compassion(Samuel Institute, 2013).

2.Improving professional presence

Iwill promote a professional presence in my current health caresetting by creating awareness that an optimal healing environment isachieved by focusing on a whole person healing model. This means thatan optimal healing environment is set by addressing thepsychological, behavioral, spiritual, physical, and social componentsof the health care (Samuel Institute, 2013).


Professionalpresence is a set of qualities (including the authenticity,confidence, vocal management, and empathy) that people see in orabout an individual. It serves as a basis on which other peopleevaluate the ability or worth of an individual to them or to anorganization. The present study emphasized on the importance of awhole-person approach in the health care setting.


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SamuelInstitute (2013). Optimalhealing environments: A self-assessment inventory.Houston, TX: Samuel Institute.